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BBQ Tour Stop #24 - Grilliní for Life Car Show and BBQ

October 21, 2009
Last year at this time, we were in Canton Georgia at the Cherokee Pignic. Unfortunately, Canton was hit very hard by flooding and they were unable to secure a dry location for the BBQ event this year. We decided to re-route the tour to Madison, MS for the Grilliní for Life Car Show and BBQ. Gerry and his crew welcomed us with open arms.

On Friday, the teams started showing up so we held a demonstration for a nice crowd. Most of the cooking teams loaded in on the football field, while some of the bigger rigs, Lotta Bull BBQ, Learn2Q, and House of Q, set up on firmer ground.

Saturday morning was cooler than normal but people came out to check on the BBQ competition, craft show and classic car show. A couple of my Friday night demonstration participants came out Saturday. One person that returned was little Jamison, who was my special assistant taking Chrisís job of passing out prizes to people who answered questions during the interactive demonstration. Jamison did a wonderful job until somebody brought her a warm fresh brownie. What should I expect from a seven year old who will be eight next week?

We met John and Rodney with House of Q, as they kept warm behind the plastic curtains on their pretty red trailer. Candy, with BBQrís Delight, braved the cool weather with her pellet fed Jambo cooker. They are all Facebook friends, which we always love to run into to put faces with their Facebook profiles.

We were busy packing up so couldnít hit the awards ceremony but saw our old friend Troy with Learn2Q walking back with an armful or awards. Troy took a first, second and third in different categories and won the Grand Champion award. Hog Wild and Pig Crazy won Reserve Grand.

Next week we travel to Lynchburg for the 21st Annual Jack Danielís World Championship Invitational Barbecue to wrap up the 2009 Great American BBQ Tour. We are already looking forward to 2010.

Mike (& Chris) Peters

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